Thursday, August 24, 2006


Subject areas: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
Faculty: Beverly Matherne, Kate Myers Hanson, Austin Hummell, Ronald Johnson, Paul Lehmberg, John Smolens
Length: 3 years
# of credits: 48
Tuition per year: Easier to go by credit. Tuition per credit is $305 (residents); $452 (non-residents). In all, the degree should cost about $15 K (residents); $22 K (non-residents).
Application materials: Submit to College of Graduate Studies: Application for Graduate Admission, $50 application fee, transcript. Submit to Department of English: “Application for Admission to the MFA Program in Creative Writing” OR “Application for English MFA Teaching Fellowships and Assistantships” (which one you send depends on whether you’re interested in financial aid), at least 3 recommendations (addressing teaching ability/potential), transcript, statement of professional purpose (if interested in financial aid, mention teaching qualifications), 3 copies of writing portfolio. GRE not required.
Deadline: 1 Feb. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: Teaching fellowships and assistantships are available each academic year, as well as non-teaching assistantships. Almost all fellowships and assistantships are for teaching freshman composition. Stipends are $11 091 (for fellows, who teach 3 courses per year) to $7 394 (for assistants, who teach 2 courses per year); fellows and assistants get a tuition schlarship that covers up to 16 credits per academic year but no more than 10 per semester.
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Subject areas: Fiction, Poetry
Faculty: Michael Byers, Peter Ho Davies, Nicholas Delbanco, Lorna Goodison, Linda Gregerson, Ryan Harty, Laura Kasischke, Khaled Mattawa, Thylias Moss, Julie Orringer, Eileen Pollack
Length: 2 years
# of credits: 36
Tuition per year: $15 135 (residents); $30 281 (non-residents)
Application materials: Submit to Rackham Graduate School: Graduate School Application (online: includes statement of purpose and personal statement, which are not the same thing; also includes admissions conduct code questions), $60 application fee, and transcript. Submit to English Department: 3 recommendations, transcript, writing sample. GRE not required.
Deadline: 1 Jan. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: In the first year, accepted students get a full tuition waiver and stipend, either through a gradership or fellowship, of $15 K plus $3K in summer funding. Second year support includes a tuition waiver and stipend of at least $14 325, and health care benefits through a graduate instructorship teaching an undergraduate creative writing or composition course. There are also about 10 other fellowships and prizes awarded each year to MFA students and some are quite generous indeed (scanning them, I can see that some involve travel or funding for summer endeavors). To get a full description of each award, click on the link below, which will take you to the program website, then click on “Financial Aid” on the table of contents to your right.
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Subject areas: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry
Faculty: J.D. Dolan, Stuart Dybek, Nancy Eimers, Steve Feffer, Jaimy Gordon, Arnold Johnston, Richard Katrovas, William Olsen
Length: Length isn’t specified, but full-time students take at least 6 credits per semester (TA award or no TA award). If you took 9 hours for the first 4 semesters and 6 hours for the last 2 semesters, it should take 3 years.
# of credits: 48
Tuition per year: Easier to go by credit. Tuition is $344.75 per credit (residents); $730.18 per credit (non-residents). The entire 48-credit program should cost about $16.5 K (residents) or $35 K (non-residents).
Application materials: Submit to Office of Admissions: Graduate College Application, $40 application fee, and transcript. Submit to Department of English: WMU Department of English Application Form (there’s one for each genre), 3 recommendations, GRE scores, transcript, statement of purpose, and writing sample. If interested in TA-ship, submit to Department of English a TA essay detailing your teaching experience and teaching philosophy (if you have taught before); if you have not taught before, submit a sample of expository writing OR an essay “detailing a writing assignment you were asked to complete that was particularly effective.”
Deadline: 1 Jan. (fall); no spring admissions
Financial Aid: Although Teaching Assistantships are mentioned in the WMU Department of English Application Forms, their values are not specified (in terms of stipend value and tuition remission). You might be able to work with the Prague Summer Program, Third Coast literary magazine, or New Issues Press—but you must do your own investigation by contacting these individually. There is no information on the actual conditions of any financial aid package, be it a TA-ship, fellowship, or editorship.
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***Note: The program website is so bad—broken links here and there—and it doesn’t specify the length of time it’ll take to earn the degree, the application materials, or the application deadline… to find info on these you have to surf the pages of the institution itself.***